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February 16, 1999
S. Printed 2/16/99--H.
Read the first time January 12, 1999.
To whom was referred a Bill (H. 3040), to amend Section 56-1-30, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to persons exempt from the requirements to obtain a driver's license, etc., respectfully
That they have duly and carefully considered the same, and recommend that the same do pass with amendment:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, by striking section 1, page one in its entirety and inserting:
/SECTION 1. Section 56-1-30(6) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"(6) A citizen of
France a foreign jurisdiction whose licensing procedure is at least as strict as South Carolina's, as determined by the department, who is at least eighteen years of age, who is employed in South Carolina, and who has a valid driver's license issued by that nation jurisdiction may drive in this State for four five years if the foreign jurisdiction provides a reciprocal arrangement for South Carolina residents. The provisions of this item also shall apply to the dependents of foreign nationals who qualify under this section."/
Amend title to conform.
RONALD P. TOWNSEND, for Committee.
This bill would reduce general fund motor vehicle license revenue by $10,000 in FY 1999-00 and each year thereafter.
This section currently requires foreign nationals other than citizens of France who are employed in this state to obtain a valid S.C. driver's license within ninety days. This bill, as amended, will permit a five-year exemption from the driver's license requirement if that foreign jurisdiction provides a reciprocal agreement for S.C. residents. This agreement applies to foreign nationals at least eighteen years old and qualifying dependents. A S.C. driver's license is valid for five years and the cost is $12.50. It is expected that on average no more than 800 individuals have a work visa or move into the state each year. Accordingly, this would reduce general fund revenue by $10,000 in FY 1999-00.
William C. Gillespie
Board of Economic Advisors
1/ This statement meets the requirement of Section 2-7-71 for a state revenue impact, Section 2-7-76 for a local revenue impact, and Section 6-1-85(B) for an estimate of the shift in local property tax incidence.
TO AMEND SECTION 56-1-30, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO PERSONS EXEMPT FROM THE REQUIREMENTS TO OBTAIN A DRIVER'S LICENSE, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A CITIZEN OF GERMANY OR JAPAN WHO IS AT LEAST EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE, WHO IS EMPLOYED IN THIS STATE, AND WHO HAS A VALID DRIVER'S LICENSE ISSUED BY EITHER NATION MAY DRIVE A MOTOR VEHICLE FOR FOUR YEARS IN THIS STATE.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 56-1-30(6) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"(6) A citizen of France, Germany, or Japan, who is at least eighteen years of age, who is employed in South Carolina, and who has a valid driver's license issued by that nation may drive in this State for four years."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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